101 Things the Fire Department wishes you knew



Tuesday, June 9

Do you ever...

A few things I did the other day made my partner ask, more than once, "Do you always do that?"
So I was wondering...

Do you ever...

Wipe your feet before walking into a person's house?
Always wear a collared shirt, jacket or sweater in public on duty, not just a t-shirt?
Learn and repeat your patient's name?
Always check to see which preconnect is 150' and 200' even if you were 99% sure?
Tie an extra tourniquet to the hand rail, just in case?
Clean the stethoscope after each use?
Write the expiration date on the drug boxes and place them all right side up?
Keep spare goggles on your helmet and actually deploy them?
Wander out on the app floor and practice ropes and knots?
Apologize to the hospital clerk for misspelling the unconscious patient's name?
Honk the horn and teach people to pull RIGHT and stop, not LEFT and stop?
Offer to help the elderly woman to the toilet before the transport?
Let the new guy try for the tube first?
Clean the Officer's bathroom first?
Treat fake asthma with 0.9% saline, nebulized *wink*?
Make sure to buckle the waist strap on the SCBA?
Comment on filthy turnout pants in the kitchen?
Correct a false statement when not amongst friends?

No? Just me?

6 comments:

brokenangel said...

Treat fake asthma with 0.9% saline, nebulized *wink*?


Tut Tut, mind over matter eye

TheNanny said...

Repeat names - yes. Extra tourniquet - no. But they're 3 feet away on the bench.
And I always apologize to nurses if I fuck up, since I plan to be one, one day.

Dani said...

Names, always. And while I'm generally not the one with first dibs on the drugs, I always check the expiration date. :) Good post, really made me think about everything I do.

Little Girl said...

Repeat names - hardly. I am horrible with names, maybe if I tried a little harder I would remember some of my new co-workers names.

Everyone has their little quirks, I know I do, and it is made very evident to me everyday because some of my co-worker feel the need to tease me about it. What can I say I am a dispatcher with a mild case of OCD ---> I like to have my 3 CAD monitoring all sitting at the same height, the radio monitoring sitting even beside my CAD monitors in a weird little semi circle, my desktop phone moved back and up onto back section of the desk, the corp PC monitor sitting squarely to the side of my desk, the speakers sitting nice and neatly on either side of the monitoring ...... and there are so many more too, but those are the first things I do went I sit down at the desk ...

Michael Morse said...

Do it all. Hey wait a minute! I am the officer!!!

9-ECHO-1 said...

Wipe your feet before walking into a person's house? YES

Always wear a collared shirt, jacket or sweater in public on duty, not just a t-shirt? NO

Learn and repeat your patient's name? YES

Always check to see which preconnect is 150' and 200' even if you were 99% sure?NOT N A FIRE TRUCK

Tie an extra tourniquet to the hand rail, just in case? YES, with pre-done tape and a bag already hung

Clean the stethoscope after each use? YES

Write the expiration date on the drug boxes and place them all right side up? YES

Keep spare goggles on your helmet and actually deploy them? NO

Wander out on the app floor and practice ropes and knots? NO ROPE ON MY AMBO

Apologize to the hospital clerk for misspelling the unconscious patient's name? SOMETIMES

Honk the horn and teach people to pull RIGHT and stop, not LEFT and stop? SCREAM OVER THE PA, MAYBE?

Offer to help the elderly woman to the toilet before the transport? YES

Let the new guy try for the tube first? YES

Clean the Officer's bathroom first? ONLY ONE BATHROOM IN MY STATION

Treat fake asthma with 0.9% saline, nebulized *wink*? AND TREAT 'PAIN' WITH NORMALSALINE

Make sure to buckle the waist strap on the SCBA? NO SCBA, BUT I DID WHEN I WAS A FIREFIGHTER

Comment on filthy turnout pants in the kitchen? YES

Correct a false statement when not amongst friends? YES